People's Liberation Army Navy Vessels Passed Through Basilan Strait

This is the first time that the People's Liberation Army Navy of China to traverse this body of water on its way home back to its country after a goodwill visit.

PLAN, Zamboanga City, Chinese Navy, Basilan Strait
A Type 071 Amphibious Transport Dock of PLAN traversing Basilan Strait
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Three vessels from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China passed through the Basilan Strait, a strategic maritime route near Zamboanga City's Santa Cruz Island. The passage took place in the afternoon, drawing attention from both local authorities and international observers.

Among the vessels was the Type 071 amphibious transport ship Jinggang Shan (999), a significant asset of the PLAN known for its capability to deploy large numbers of troops, vehicles, and equipment. Accompanying the Jinggang Shan were the Duludao-class dispatch ship Dong Jiao 93 and the Dadu-class training ship Qi Jiguang (83).

The flotilla was en route to Dalian, China, returning from a goodwill visit to Timor-Leste. The visit was part of China's broader diplomatic and military outreach in the region, aimed at fostering better bilateral relationships and showcasing its naval capabilities.

In response to the passage, the Philippine Navy dispatched the BRP Domingo Deluana, an Acero-class fast attack interdiction craft (FAIC-M), to monitor the movements of the PLAN vessels. Despite the Basilan Strait being recognized as an area for international passage, the deployment of the BRP Domingo Deluana underscores the Philippines' vigilance and commitment to maritime security.

The incident highlights the dynamic and often sensitive nature of naval operations in the region. As the People's Liberation Army Navy continues to expand its reach and influence, the presence of its vessels in key maritime routes like the Basilan Strait remains a point of strategic interest for the Philippines and its regional allies.

The Philippine Navy's monitoring activities aim to ensure that such passages adhere to international maritime laws and do not infringe upon the country's territorial waters. The incident also reflects the broader geopolitical context, where naval movements are closely watched as indicators of broader strategic intentions.

As these Chinese vessels continue their journey home, the event serves as a reminder of the ongoing importance of maritime awareness and the need for vigilant and cooperative monitoring of international waters.


(c) 2024, Philippine Military Analysis and Updates.

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